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Old 11 Sep 2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default Has Switzerland just outlawed P2P investigations?

Switzerland has now made it illegal for companies to monitor and store users' IP addresses, and hence, put an end to P2P investigations and the sue-for-settlement business. At least that's the conclusion of Logistep AG, a company that has been in the anti-piracy business since 2004.

The country's Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner actually took Logistep to court and won a ruling which basically said an IP address is in fact personal data, and because of this, it needs special protection. And civil litigation (as opposed to a criminal case) is not deemed important enough for user's privacy to be violated in this way, it seems.

Critics of the ruling say that this could allow Switzerland to become a safe haven for copyright infringers.

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http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/n...es-illegal.ars
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